• Resident AAFP Leaders

    Elected and Appointed Positions

    Residents make significant contributions to family medicine as members of the wide variety of boards, commissions, and inter-organizational teams that shape the AAFP. Experience in a leadership role provides valuable career insight and unique mentorship opportunities. 

    Most resident leadership positions serve for a one-year term, many beginning in the fall.

    As medical care and health care reform undergo pivotal changes, the voice of family medicine's next generation of physicians is critical in shaping a future that aligns with the core principles of primary care. Learn what drew current leaders to their roles and find out what they hope to achieve through their skills and passion for family medicine.


    Elected National AAFP Leaders

    Amanda Stisher, MD
    University of Alabama Medical Center-Huntsville Program
    Resident Member of the AAFP Board of Directors

    Contact Dr. Stisher

    In her role, Dr. Stisher brings a student perspective to high-level decision-making discussions of the AAFP Board of Directors. 

    "I am looking forward to this leadership role and bringing the resident perspective to the AAFP Board of Directors. Advocacy for full scope family medicine, increasing the family medicine workforce, and access to health care are a few of the many things that I am passionate about. I am honored to be able to represent the resident voice this year."

    Dr. Amanda Stisher, Resident Member of the AAFP Board of Directors

    Mikita Patel, MD
    McLaren Oakland - Family Medicine Residency Program
    Resident Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates

    Contact Dr. Patel

    In her role, Dr. Patel represents resident member interests at the AAFP Congress of Delegates and functions as a member of the AAFP Commission on Education.

    "I hope to make positive changes in resident wellness, preventive medicine, social determinants of health, and health equity. I am so excited about working together with my fellow residents to create a better future in family medicine. I am truly honored to be their voice to Congress."

    Dr. Mikita Patel, Resident Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates

    Asna Tasleem. MD
    Wellspan Health/Good Samaritan Hospital Program
    Resident Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates

    Contact Dr. Tasleem

    In her role, Dr. Tasleem represents resident member interests at the AAFP Congress of Delegates and functions as a member of the AAFP Commission on Education.

    "In this role, I plan to always be available to resident members for communication and to have discussions on issues important to residents. I plan to work on ways to come up with resolutions or processes to help with resolutions."

    Dr. Asna Tasleem, Resident Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates

    Chase Mussard, MD
    Oregon Health and Sciences University Family Medicine Residency Program
    Resident Chair of the AAFP National Conference

    Contact Dr. Mussard

    In his role, Dr. Mussard provides input into planning the theme, programming, and special activities for the upcoming National Conference.

    "As resident chair of AAFP National Conference, I hope to help facilitate and create a conference experience that inspires, showcases, and fosters a community for all those within and interested in family medicine. We have a chance to re-design this conference during this unique time, and focusing on residents and their passions and voices in a more equitable approach than ever before is my highest priority."

    Dr. Chase Mussard, Resident Chair of the AAFP National Conference

    AAFP Commissions

    Shelby Owens, MD
    Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (Rochester) Program
    Resident Representative of the AAFP Commission on Quality and Practice

    Contact Dr. Owens

    This leadership role includes the study of health care delivery systems (e.g., PCMH, ACOs), performance measurement, practice redesign/quality improvement, privileging, health information technology, practice management, private sector advocacy, and physician payment. 

    "I'm very excited to learn about the work done by the commissions and for the opportunity to grow as a leader through AAFP! The commission on quality and practice specifically is interesting to me because it's about the direction of health care as a whole. I think the strain of the pandemic on our health infrastructure has highlighted the need for strong primary care as the foundation to this health system and increased support for primary care physicians. I look forward to seeing how this stress to the system spurs innovative thinking in physician practice and pushes forth efforts toward better patient outcomes."

    Dr. Shelby Owens, Resident Representative of the AAFP Commission on Quality and Practice

    Isaiah A. Cochran, MD, AAHIVS
    Halifax Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program
    Resident Member of the AAFP Commission on Federal and State Policy

    Contact Dr. Cochran

    As a representative of the AAFP's Commission on Federal and State Policy, the resident leader is involved in guiding the Academy's advocacy efforts before the federal government and to assist the constituent chapters in their advocacy efforts before state governments. 

    "I hope to continue to engage more patients and health care professionals into advocacy. Especially on matters such as health, education, and climate change. We all have a voice in this country, and many of us have more in common than we have different. We live in a society where we can all win, we just have to understand how we can achieve that."

    Dr. Isaiah Cochran, Resident Member of the AAFP Commission on Federal and State Policy

    Elana Curry, MD
    University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program
    Resident Member of the AAFP Commission on Health of the Public and Science

    Contact Dr. Curry

    Dr. Curry's role includes contributing to a wide scope of issues, such as health of the public, evidence-based clinical recommendations and care, generation of new knowledge and science with dissemination and implementation, and disparities and the underserved populations.

    "I am thrilled to serve a second term as the resident member on the Commission on Health of the Public and Science. I am eager to continually work with the other commission members to create systemic change to improve the health of our communities and country. I will work to always provide the resident perspective on these key discussions and issues."

    Dr. Elana Curry, Resident Member of the AAFP Commission on Health of the Public and Science

    Tim Grunert, MD
    University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine - FMRP
    Resident Member of the AAFP Commission on Membership and Member Services

    Contact Dr. Grunert

    Dr. Grunert's role includes projects in areas such as recruitment, retention, value of membership, member services, life-stage career issues, special needs, awards, international membership, urban/rural membership issues, degree of fellow, special constituencies, National Conference of Special Constituencies planning and chapter relations, and leadership development. 

    "I hope to contribute to new approaches toward increasing recruitment and improving retention of AAFP members.  I specifically want to focus on retention of Resident members as they graduate residency and continue into their careers."

    Dr. Tim Grunert, Resident Member of the AAFP Commission on Membership and Member Services

    Faihza M. Hill MD, MPH, MS
    Unity Health - White County Medical Center Program
    Resident Member of the AAFP Commission on Continuing Professional Development

    Contact Dr. Hill

    In this role, Dr. Hill supports the AAFP's strategic objective on education by supporting the lifelong learning of family physicians and other health care professionals as a member of the commission that guides the AAFP's accreditation and provision of continuing medical education.

    "I would like to enhance the COCPD by building on existing initiatives, developing new interventions, and suggesting more inviting ways to engage with physicians. I find value in medical education and would like to establish lifelong relationships in the process."

    Dr. Faihza Hill, Resident Member of the AAFP Commission on Continuing Professional Development

    Representatives and Liaisons to Other Organizations

    Tisha D. Van Pelt, MD
    University of South Florida Morsani (Morton Plant Mease Health Care) Program
    Resident Delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA) Resident Fellow Section

    Contact Dr. Van Pelt

    Dr. Van Pelt represents AAFP resident interests at AMA meetings and interacts with AMA delegates from the AAFP.

    "I am looking forward to a bright and productive year where Family Medicine is strongly represented at the AMA. Moving medicine forward by focusing on advocating for our patients is my primary goal, and I hope to grow as a leader this year while serving my fellow physicians. We are strong apart, and inspired together."

    Dr. Tisha Van Pelt, Resident Delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA) Resident Fellow Section

    Emma York, DO
    Eastern Virginia Medical School Program
    Resident Delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA) Resident Fellow Section

    Contact Dr. York

    Dr. York represents AAFP resident interests at AMA meetings and interacts with AMA delegates from the AAFP.

    "This year I hope to continue to represent and advocate for primary care and family medicine residents on the national level while growing as a leader, public speaker and physician. I also hope to continue writing resolutions for both the AMA and AAFP."

    Dr. Emma York, Resident Delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA) Resident Fellow Section

    Tyson Schwab, MD
    Utah Valley Family Medicine Residency
    Resident Delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates

    Dr. Schwab serves as an important communications, policy and membership link between the AMA and grassroots physicians. AMA delegates are a key source of information on activities, programs, and policies of the AMA. They are expected to foster positive and useful two-way relationship between grassroots physicians and the AMA leadership.

    "I work to represent the AAFP membership and residents/student perspectives at the AMA House of Delegates. I hope to bring awareness and passion for primary care advocacy. I hope to enable others to create effective solutions for our current and future challenges in healthcare."

    Dr. Tyson Schwab, Resident Delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates

    Kayley Swope, MD
    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center St. Margaret FMRP
    Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Review Committee for Family Medicine Resident Member

    Contact Dr. Swope

    This leadership role is involved with residency education and accreditation at a national level, and gets mentoring opportunities with national leaders in family medicine residency education.

    "Protecting resident wellbeing and maintaining the highest standards of residency training can be satisfied via residency program accreditation. My values are in line with these aims of the Review Committee for Family Medicine, and I hope to accomplish these by amplifying the voice of family medicine residents everywhere. In addition to the Review Committee, this position also allows me to work on promoting meaning in medicine for all residents in the ACGME Back to Bedside program."

    Dr. Kayley Swope, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Review Committee for Family Medicine Resident Member

    Christina Pedro, MD
    Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program, Indiana
    Resident Member of the AAFP Foundation Board of Trustees

    In her role, Dr. Pedro is involved with high-level decision making on a nonprofit board of trustees. 

    "I look forward to strategizing with the Board of Trustees on advancing the AAFP mission and accomplishing goals. I'm excited to be the resident voice on the humanitarian and educational values that the board invests in and am humbled by the opportunity to promote and attract medical students to a rewarding career in family medicine."

    Dr. Christina Pedro, Resident Member of the AAFP Foundation Board of Trustees

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    Beverly Onyekwuluje, MD
    McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University (Delnor) Program
    Resident Member, Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD) Board of Directors

    Contact Dr. Onyekwuluje

    In this role, Dr. Onyekwuluje provides a resident perspective to program directors on environmental issues impacting residents and their education

    "Family medicine’s role in health care is more critical than ever, as we are seeing widespread understanding of the importance of primary care. My goal as AFMRD resident representative is to collaborate with program directors, residents, and students in maximizing the quality of graduate medical education, in order prepare our future family medicine workforce."

    Dr. Beverly Onyekwuluje, Resident Member, Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD) Board of Directors

    Tyler King, DO 
    Texas Institute for Graduate Medical Education and Research (TIGMER), Laredo Medical Center FMRP
    Resident Member of the FamMedPAC Board of Directors

    Contact Dr. King

    The FamMedPAC helps elect candidates to the U.S. Congress who support the AAFP’s legislative goals and objectives.

    "My goal as AAFP's FamMedPAC Resident Representative is to further engage our students and residents interested in shaping policy that affects Family Physicians for the 21st Century. The more the politicians in DC hear from Family Physicians, the better decisions they can hopefully make to help our patients have the best and most affordable health care possible."

    Dr. Tyler King, Resident Member of the FamMedPAC Board of Directors

    AAFP Advisory and Program Boards

    Abigail Pira, MD
    MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center
    Resident Member of the AAFP Center for Global Health Initiatives

    Contact Dr. Pira

    Dr. Pira helps plan the AAFP Global Health Summit, takes the lead in preparing and facilitating the Global Health Networking Meeting at the National Conference, and participates in Polaris-related activities

    "In my role, I aim to bring awareness regarding global health opportunities both locally and abroad to medical students and resident physicians. I believe that by understanding the most common obstacles to receiving adequate health care faced by minority populations locally, we can be better equipped to meet their most important health care needs as primary care physicians. Overall, I hope to increase the engagement of young doctors in global medicine."

    Dr. Abigail Pira, Resident Member of the AAFP Center for Global Health Initiatives

    Derek Baughman, MD
    Wellspan Health/Good Samaritan Hospital Program
    Resident Member of the Annals of Family Medicine Editorial Advisory Board

    Contact Dr. Baughman

    Dr. Baughman participates in activities including helping to develop and maintain the journal's social media presence to writing Annals Journal Club questions and more.

    "I hope to gain greater insight on the impact of medical research on our specialty. I plan to grow a network of academic colleagues passionate about augmenting the quality of clinical care. And I will use this platform to represent my fellow residents in continuing to uphold excellence and innovation in scholarly leadership."

    Dr. Derek Baughman, Resident Member of the Annals of Family Medicine Editorial Advisory Board

    Haley Coleman, MD
    Summa Health System/NEOMED Family Medicine Residency Program
    Resident Member of the AAFP National Research Network Advisory Group

    Contact Dr. Coleman

    Dr. Coleman serves as part of a national research network dedicated to conducting, supporting, promoting, and advocating for primary care research in practice-based settings.

    "Over this upcoming year, I aim to work with the NRN to increase student and resident awareness and interest in primary care research. I also hope to ensure some of the projects supported by the NRN focus on improving our understanding of social determinates of health and effective ways to decrease the gaps of those faced with disparities. I’m excited to learn and serve as the resident member!"

    Dr. Haley Coleman, Resident Member of the AAFP National Research Network Advisory Group

    Kate Schreck, MD
    University of Minnesota/North Memorial Hospital Program
    Resident Member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Board of Directors

    Contact Dr. Schreck

    In this role, Dr. Schreck helps define the role of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine in resident education.

    "I’m hoping to bring our dual perspective as learners and teachers to STFM, advocating for content and skill development in both realms. In particular, I’d like to see content on antiracism and OMT and skill development in teaching for different styles of learning."

    Dr. Kate Schreck, Resident Member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Board of Directors